Crews working to keep up with broken water mains

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 9, 2015) - The bitter cold weather is taking its toll on infrastructure around Indianapolis. Crews with Citizens Engery responded to at least eight water main breaks on Friday.

Fixing those breaks is not an easy task, especially with temperatures in the single digits and a wind chill advisory.

"It's cold, it's very cold but we've got to do what we've got to do to get the customers water, that's our job," said Charles Spaulding, a crew member working to repair one of the mains.

A spokesperson with Citizens Energy said the weather puts extra pressure on the older infrastructure. Some of the water mains were put in the ground around the early 1900s.

Friday morning a broken main shutdown one lane of Madison Avenue just south Edgewood Aveune. Crews also responded to North Adams Street where they found water gushing out in two separate locations.

"When there's pressure put on it either from the cold or high usage water main breaks tend to happen," said Sarah Holsapple, Spokesperson for Citizens Energy.

Holsapple said the number of breaks is lower than last year but the system needs an overhaul.

"That's why we're continuing to ask for rate increases from our customers cause we want to be able to not only repair water mains when they break but replace those mains when they're old," said Holsapple.

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